Excitement is building for Boxing Day in which we’re due to see a clash of the ages between Cyrname, Lostintranslation and Clan Des Obeaux.
Here’s three runners from the All-Weather action on Thursday who caught the eye from Southwell and Wolverhampton. They can be backed in a 293/1 treble, best price at time of writing. Make use of all our tips and analysis as we build towards the busy Christmas period.
The Scottish based Iain Jardine is very selective when sending runners to Southwell. Of his thirteen runners on Fibresand this year, seven have scored, including a 33/1 winner in April.
His new recruit Lightning Charlie is making his course debut. He ran an encouraging effort at Newcastle last time out when a close fourth from this mark.
He’s a four time winner on the All-Weather, now rated nineteen pounds below his last winning mark. Having just his second ever career start in a Class Six handicap and switching to Fibresand on which his yard thrive, he looks primed to strike.
Boom The Groom has eight career wins to his name, three of which have come over Wolverhampton’s five furlongs from just six starts. The son of Kodiac defied a mark of 86 here in 2014, before further success here in the spring of 2016 from a mark of 97. His latest win came here in February from 87.
The gelding is now rated 80, comfortably below all of his handicap winning marks. He’s very well treated and races at this lowly Class Four level for just the second time in his career.
He last raced in July when beaten just three-lengths by the now 97 rated Green Power. He faces no rivals of that quality today and the absence should be of little concern given that his yard have saddled two winners from their last five runners.
Rab Havlin thrives at the UK’s All-Weather courses having ridden fifty one winners on synthetics this term. Ten of those have come over the past fortnight, three of which were at Wolverhampton by an aggregate of seventeen lengths.
He’ll be full of confidence as he heads to the Midlands’ venue for four rides tonight. Surely the pick of those is Mansfield for Stella Barclay. The six-year-old has finished in the first four in six of his last seven runs.
The gelding finished second over course and distance from this mark behind a well-handicapped rival. He again ran well here when third in a Classified race in which the winner got the first run on him. With Havlin onboard, who’s ridden ten winners at the venue this year, a big run has to be anticipated.